Aftermarket HIDs are also unlawful.
cheers guys, what price range you rekon i should be shoppin in
and also would you reccommend changing all the bulbs(fogs etc.) or will the main 'lamps' (which get the most use) do?
@Prince - the law is there to prevent glare. The light source in a HID lamp is a vertical arc. In a halogen lamp the filament burns horizontally.
Lenient testers won't solve the problem. Just because a car passes an MoT doesn't mean that it's legal to use aftermarket HIDs.
I'm not sure they're so fabulous anyway; read my other post on HIDs here:-
I had them on my Civic and the difference was amazing. I honestly refuse to see the problem assuming they are fitted correctly using levellers.
VAG cars have had crap dipped beams for ages.
Xenon filled incandescent lamps are very different to metal halide HIDs.
Since I have been working in a car accessory shop on Sundays, I have seen a couple of car handbooks that state that you should not fit High Intensity bulbs/lamps as they may damage the lenses. I'm guessing either by discolouring or melting if plastic.
Before fitting, check your handbook.